Is God a Narcissist?
Many people have accused God of being self-centered and a narcissist. Here’s why: since the story of the Bible is God’s promise to become famous, it seems He is a tad bit self-absorbed. After all, it would be wrong for a human being to say, “My ultimate goal is to become famous, and be worshiped by everyone else.” But this is exactly what God says in the Bible. What’s up?!
The simple answer: God is God and can do whatever He wants. Now, before you get to cynical, let me add two caveats that makes God’s pursuit of fame and worship much different than, say, Lady Gaga’s or yours or mine. 1) God is good according to the Bible. This means that He is perfectly holy and righteous. His desire to become famous among all peoples is not centered in a selfish gene. 2) God is ultimate in the universe; therefore it is right to worship Him. If God were to worship anything else than God, He would be an idolater. God must be God-centered. This is admittedly a little hard to swallow for most Americans, but it is biblical nonetheless.
So, is God a narcissist? Yes, in the best sense of the term. He is God-centered for the sake of His glory and the salvation of His elect among the nations.
by Jay Childs, Senior Pastor